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New Book on the History and Practice of the Heart Sutra
« on: December 10, 2014, 07:49:00 am »
I am pleased to announce the publication of Kazuaki Tanahashi’s new book, The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism.

Shambhala Publications | 01/13/2015
Pages: 288 | Size: 6.00 x 9.00
ISBN: 9781611800968

Full description and details:

Part One, “The Heart Sutra Here and Now,” presents a new translation of the text Part Two, “Story of the Sutra,” introduces ancient recountings of its use as a living text, as well as descriptions of Tanahashi's visits to temples in Korea and Japan, where Tanahashi conducted research on the historical impact of the sutra.
Parts Three and Four, “Modern Scholarship”, discuss scholarly findings over the course of two centuries about the formation and expansion of the text.
Part Five, “Globalizing the Sutra,” discusses Chinese enthusiasm for and pan-Asian responses to the text, as well as examples of how the sutra has inspired modern scientists.
Part Six, “Terms and Concepts,” includes semantic, etymological, and grammatical analyses of the Sanskrit and Chinese terms in the text.

The book is available directly from the publisher until January when it will be available everywhere.

Some early praise:

“Tanahashi’s book on the Heart Sutra in its primarily Chinese and Japanese contexts covers a wide range of approaches to this most famous of all mahayana sutras. It brings the sutra to life through shedding light on it from many different angles, through presenting its historical background and traditional commentaries, evaluating modern scholarship, adapting the text to a contemporary readership, exploring its relationship to Western science, and relating personal anecdotes. The richness of the Heart Sutra and the many ways in which it can be understood and contemplated are further highlighted by his comparison of its versions in the major Asian languages in which it has been transmitted, as well as in a number of English translations. Highly recommended for all who wish to explore the profundity of this text in all its facets.”
—Karl Brunnhölzl, author of The Heart Attack Sutra: A New Commentary on the Heart Sutra

“A masterwork of loving and meticulous scholarship, Kaz Tanahashi’s Heart Sutra is a living, breathing, deeply personal celebration of a beloved text, which all readers—Buddhists and non-Buddhists, newcomers to the teaching and seasoned scholars alike—will cherish throughout time.”
—Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being


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